I started donating in high school & felt great pride at what I was doing to help my community. Although I wore the T-shirts I got, I never was one to overly brag about it. It was my personal thing and I enjoyed making a difference.
As I grew and started a family, I laid off donating for a few years. When I started again, I was talked into donating platelets rather than whole blood - and my gallons began to rapidly rise.
Ten gallons turned into 20.